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GovBeat: December, 2013

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Utah seeks Supreme Court order to halt same-sex unions

Utah’s attorney general has asked the Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civil rights, gay marriage, same sex marriage, States, Utah

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/31/2013

What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart

Republicans prefer brown liquor; Democrats prefer clear liquor; High-propensity voters like wine.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alcohol, booze, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013

U.S. population growth near historic lows

The country is growing at its slowest pace since the Great Depression.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, growth, recession, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Outside the Beltway, 2013 a year of emerging stars

From New Jersey to Oregon, Democrats and Republicans made names for themselves in 2013.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, year in review

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Cuomo administration spending money on snowmobiling ads

New York will spend $4.5 million to promote snowmobiling and other winter sports.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advertising, New York, snowmobiling, States

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/30/2013

A third of New Mexico is federally owned, but the state might buy some of it back

Officials are considering whether they can and should buy a few thousand acres up for sale.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Mexico, newsletter, Public land, public lands

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013

FAA picks six states for drone testing

The decision could bring billions in economic development as the number of drone manufacturers grows in coming years.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, drones, Nevada, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, States, texas, virginia

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Census: North Dakota, South and West adding population fastest

Two states -- Maine and West Virginia -- suffered a net loss of residents over the past year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:03 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  census, Florida, New York, population, Rankings

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Bald eagles are dying in Utah, and nobody’s quite sure why

A state wildlife official describes the 16 deaths this month as “very unusual.“

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:18 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Utah

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 12/28/2013

Flu virus increasing across country, widespread in 10 states

Officials say the states most affected so far this year are mainly in the Northeast and South.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:51 AM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  flu, health care, influenza, newsletter, States

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Legalizing pot could save California hundreds of millions every year, state says

By Reid Wilson  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, newsletter, pot, States, weed

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Where the 1.3 million people losing unemployment aid this week live

A state and county breakdown of how the expiration of emergency aid on Saturday affects the unemployed.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economic mobility, economy, jobless, jobs, maps, newsletter, Unemployment, unemployment benefits

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Utah plans to take its gay-marriage fight to the Supreme Court soon

The state is expected to file a request for a temporary gay-marriage ban any day now.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:53 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay, gay marriage, gay rights, gays, same sex marriage, same-sex, supreme court, Utah

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013

The nine states (and one District) that won 2013

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013

New laws coming in elections and social issues

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, elections, employment, laws, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/24/2013

Idaho’s the only state where a majority of adult households have no landlines

A larger share of adults in Idaho have embraced wireless life than in any other state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Idaho, maps, newsletter, Rankings

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Gay marriage fight shifts to federal courts, 2014 set to be tipping-point year

With so many cases before federal judges, it is likely that 2014 will be the year in which states accounting for a majority of Americans will allow gay marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:08 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  civil rights, gay marriage, marriage equality, newsletter, States

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Ohio’s ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional in limited case

Ruling applies only to death certificates, but it is expected to be precedent-setting, leading to more lawsuits in Ohio challenging the law.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  05:03 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Utah’s same-sex couples can keep getting married, for now

A judge denied the state’s request to temporarily block same-sex marriages following his ruling allowing them.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay, marriage, newsletter, same-sex, Utah

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Shark fins, tasters and tattoos: New laws on crime and courts

State legislatures passed more than 40,000 new laws in 2013, the bulk of which go into effect Jan. 1.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, laws, Legislation, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/23/2013

In 27 states, unemployment is at its lowest in at least four years

But the state labor recovery remains weak.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Idaho, jobless, jobs, Nevada, New Jersey, newsletter, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Unemployment

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013

Colorado’s Hickenlooper wants to put school budgets online

Governor says disclosing school spending would show not all school districts receive the same resources.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, education, newsletter, States, transparency

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/22/2013

Half of Maryland’s tweeting lawmakers aren’t properly disclosing their accounts

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Maryland

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Chris Christie just took a big risk on immigration

Signing a version of the DREAM Act will give Chris Christie’s enemies fodder in 2016.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:30 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, dream act, immigration, New Jersey, newsletter, States

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Federal judge rules Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional Friday, writing in his opinion that it “perpetuates inequality.“

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:34 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, New Mexico, same sex marriage, Utah

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Phoenix says it’s the first city to end chronic homelessness among veterans

Some 222 chronically homeless veterans have been housed since 2010.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, firsts, Homelessness, newsletter, phoenix, Veterans

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Wyoming, EPA feud over Indian reservation

The battle over a million acres has legal and tax ramifications.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:43 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  EPA, States, wyoming

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013

A California businessman wants to make the state legislature 100 times larger

His proposal would make the legislature the size of a small town—population 12,000.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, leg, legislature, legislatures

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Walker signs bill rolling back road blocks on Indian team names

The bill ends orders requiring three school districts to change their mascots.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mascots, Scott Walker, States, wisconsin

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/20/2013

New Hampshire’s state legislature is nine times larger than Nebraska’s

All told, there are 7,383 state lawmakers in the country.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislature, legislatures, maps, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Map: New Mexico becomes the 17th state (plus D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage

Ten others recognize unions and partnerships while 33 limit marriages to opposite-sex couples.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:33 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, gay rights, New Mexico, same sex marriage

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 12/19/2013

A discrimination settlement was so big it skewed Mississippi’s income data

The $1.2 billion payout to black farmers pushed up income growth in the Magnolia state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:33 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agriculture, income, Mississippi, race

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Sequestration lost Massachusetts $2.2 billion, study finds

The state lost or failed to generate more than 14,000 jobs in the 2013 fiscal year, the authors find.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:22 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, employment, jobs, Massachusetts, Sequestration, spending

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013

States await FAA decision on drones, and the billions that could follow

The FAA’s decision on where to place drone research and testing sites will hand some states a Christmas bonus.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Pennsylvania’s House votes to shrink the Pennsylvania House

The last time a state shrank a legislative body was 2004.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:43 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, legislatures, Pennsylvania

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 12/18/2013

New Mexico’s Martinez targets driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

In what has become an annual ritual, Martinez is taking on a Democratic-led legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:46 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dream act, driver's licenses, illlegal immigrants, immigration, New Mexico, States

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013

New Hampshire is best prepared for a major infectious disease outbreak

If you live in Georgia, Nebraska or New Jersey, well, good luck.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, Healthcare, New Hampshire

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Wisconsin’s Walker thinking about ending income tax

The Wisconsin governor may be building a platform for a 2016 presidential bid.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, republicans, taxes, white house 2016, wisconsin

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/18/2013

NRA lawyer sues Sunnyvale, Calif., over its new ammunition ban

Both sides of the gun debate hope the restrictions will help their cause nationally.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, guns

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Liquor privatization battle heads to Oregon

Privatization supporters spent more than $20 million in Washington. Will Oregon be as expensive?

By Reid Wilson  |  03:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC, liquor, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 12/17/2013

The 49 states of rising child poverty

Over five years, poverty among school-aged kids rose in 964 counties. It fell in 17.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:04 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Counties, maps, newsletter, Poverty

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Counties could lose millions if appropriators don’t hurry after Ryan-Murray budget deal

A Department of the Interior program worth millions to small rural counties isn’t funded in the budget deal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:37 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Environment, newsletter, public lands, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Republicans back away from Common Core as legislative roadblocks advance

Under pressure from conservative activists, Republican governors are revisiting Common Core standards.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Florida, georgia, indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, newsletter, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, States

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Where teachers get paid the most, and the least

A teacher in New York gets paid nearly twice as much as a teacher in South Dakota.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Rankings, States, teachers

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Veterans in 9 cities have to wait more than a year for claims to be addressed

Veterans in Reno and Baltimore have the longest waits, the data show.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:52 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  backlog, States, VA, Veterans

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013

In Nevada, the Republican governor who doesn’t completely hate Obamacare

Brian Sandoval is embracing ObamaCare. That should scare Harry Reid.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, brian sandoval, Harry Reid, Nevada, newsletter, obamacare, States

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/16/2013

McDonnell lays out $96 billion budget proposal

McDonnell’s plan increases mental health funding, adds to the rainy day fund and doesn’t raise taxes.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:48 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, States, virginia

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/16/2013

California wins appeal for Rim Fire disaster funds

FEMA reversed itself after initially denying the request for aid.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, disaster relief, fema, jerry brown, Obama, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

A state breakdown of who will see unemployment aid dry up this month

Benefits expire on Dec. 28 for some 1.3 million people.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobless, map, maps, Rankings, Unemployment

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

How states can get what they need from a frozen Congress: Ignore it

If Congress won’t act, make the case directly to voters.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, education, Infrastructure, innovation, Oregon, spending

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/14/2013

After Newtown, few states restricted guns but 36 expanded mental-health funding

In the wake of the tragedy, many states have sought to augment dwindling mental-health budgets.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gun, guns, Video

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Californians are turning on unions, poll shows

Fading support matches a national trend and declining membership in general.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:46 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, labor, poll, polls, Rankings, South Carolina, unions

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Study: Hawaii’s the healthiest state and Americans didn’t get fatter this year

New state-by-state rankings look at health in America across a number of measures.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, health, health care, Healthcare, Louisiana, maps, Massachusett, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rankings, VERMONT, West Virginia

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013

States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies

States are increasingly turning to natural gas and hybrid cars to save on gas prices.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Colorado, Energy, newsletter, States, Utah, wyoming

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 12/12/2013

New Michigan law requires separate insurance for abortions

In a few months, Michigan residents who want abortion insurance will have to pay extra to get it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:01 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Michigan, Video

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/12/2013

The D.C. suburbs dominate the list of wealthiest U.S. counties

Among more than 3,000 counties across the nation, Loudoun County is the richest. Howard County in Maryland, and Fairfax, Arlington and Stafford counties in Virginia also made it into the top 10.

By Carol Morello  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  census, income, maps

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Sally Jewell meets Teddy Roosevelt

Apparently this isn’t a unique occurrence.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:18 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conservation, Environment, impersonators, States

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Utah legislation would require classes before filing for divorce

The proposal exempts victims of domestic violence, but privacy advocates are nervous.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  divorce, Iowa, Nevada, Utah

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Grand jury looking into ethics complaint against Ga. governor

The grand jury wants to see documents related to an ethics complaint filed over the governor’s 2010 campaign.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethics, georgia, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Cuomo spars with Obama administration over Medicaid exemption

Cuomo’s administration wants to use $10 billion to reform the state’s Medicaid system.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, medicaid, New York, obamacare, States

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/11/2013

What hunger and homelessness look like in America’s cities

A new 25-city survey of mayors shows the deteriorating state of hunger and homelessness.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cities, food aid, Food Stamps

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013

For Republicans, budget deal represents a defining moment

Republicans in Washington looking to reestablish supremacy over tea party supporters are banking on the Ryan-Murray budget deal.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:08 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budget deal, republicans, sequester

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Ohio lieutenant governor candidate quits over back taxes

It’s back to the drawing board for Democrats in one of the nation’s most closely-watched governor’s races.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Ohio

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 12/11/2013

How gun control is losing, badly (in charts)

Gun-rights advocacy trounces gun-control support in a number of ways.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:58 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, gun rights, guns, newsletter

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Energy states have the biggest budget cushions

Being home to a substantial energy sector has provided a few states some fiscal security.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, Energy, North Dakota, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

How Rahm Emanuel is blocking a vote on an elected school board

Emanuel allies filled the March ballot with completely unrelated referenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, elections, rahm emanuel, States

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Map: The top 10 places where Facebook users checked in this year

The list reflects some of America’s tourism hubs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cities, maps

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Why more than a dozen governors are fawning over Boeing

Landing this deal could generate billions of dollars and create tens of thousands of jobs.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Video

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Michigan Republican: Gays want ‘free medical because they’re dying’

RNC member Dave Agema said gays want health-care benefits to cover AIDS medicine.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights, gays, Michigan, republicans

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Take three minutes to catch up on today’s Mass. special election for Congress

The race has been pretty low profile even within the district.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Massachusetts, Video

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/10/2013

States spend far less than CDC recommends on anti-smoking campaigns

Only a handful of states are spending anywhere close to what the CDC recommends on anti-tobacco programs.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, newsletter, Rankings, smoking, smoking rates, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Facebook breaks down the geography of a viral pro-gay-marriage campaign

Some 2.77 million U.S. users participated in the late-March pro-gay marriage campaign.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cities, Facebook, gay marriage, gay rights, maps, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The good, bad and ugly of the state revenue recovery

Tax collections in fiscal 2013 finally beat their 2008 peak, but things already appear to be slowing again.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, States

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Oregon’s Kitzhaber will run for fourth term

Kitzhaber’s push for tax reform, and a troubled ObamaCare rollout, are likely to be top issues.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Oregon, States

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Expiring sales tax deductions could cost taxpayers big in these states

By Reid Wilson  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Florida, IRS, Nevada, sales tax, South Dakota, taxes, Tennessee, washington, wyoming

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Half the nation’s counties sell property tax bills to debt collectors

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt collectors, Florida, housing, liens, New Jersey, newsletter, property taxes

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Satanists want a monument in Oklahoma’s capitol

A state-level push to erect Christian monuments in public spaces could open the door for other groups.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Oklahoma, Religion

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Northeastern states will press Midwest, Appalachia on clean air

Democratic governors hope to force Midwestern and Appalachian states to clean up their air.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:05 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut, Delaware, Environment, Illinois, indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, VERMONT, virginia, West Virginia

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013

You are where you shop: What your grocery store says about you

The grocery stores you choose say something about your income, generation and political leanings.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/08/2013

Map: Where the World War II veterans are

Pearl Harbor drew us into a world war 72 years ago. See where those who served then live now.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/07/2013

Can you guess which states swear the most, least?

How well do you know your crass fellow Americans?

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, Ohio, Rankings

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Boeing’s 777X wish list revealed

The company wants states to pick up the tab for land and facilities -- and to totally change their tax codes.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  777x, boeing, economy, jobs, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013

The California legislature’s approval is more than four times that of Congress

The California legislature’s approval rating has quadrupled from its 10 percent level in September 2010.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislature, legislatures, poll, polls

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Alaska revenue to fall $2 billion after oil tax cuts take effect

Rolling back Sarah Palin’s tax hikes will cost Alaska big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, gas, newsletter, oil, Revenue, States, taxes

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Meet Mississippi’s youngest legislator, a college senior

Jeramey Anderson celebrates his 22nd birthday on Friday by being sworn into office.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, legislatures, Mississippi, People

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Here’s where the end of unemployment benefits will hurt the most

Congress has no plans to extend unemployment benefits, set to expire the week of Dec. 28.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, Unemployment, unemployment benefits

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Study: Refusing Medicaid expansion will cost states billions of dollars

Texas stands to lose $9 billion in federal funding in a single year by refusing to expand Medicaid.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, medicaid, medicaid expansion, newsletter, obamacare, States

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Ted Cruz to ALEC: ‘Stand Your Ground’

Cruz urged the conservative coalition of state lawmakers to stay strong by invoking the very policy that has helped to create a headache for the group.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:09 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ALEC, Legislation

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Everything you need to know about the D.C. mayoral race

A conversation with the Post’s resident D.C. politics expert, Mike DeBonis.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, district, District of Columbia, newsletter, States, washington dc

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Next up for ALEC: Taming the federal government

After successfully pushing legislation in the states, the group wants to ensure they retain their power.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ALEC, Legislation, newsletter

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

The TSA made half a million dollars last year because you forgot your change

Don’t forget to check those gray bins for your money.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Who’s dreaming of a white Christmas?

If you live in the upper Midwest, have those snow shovels ready.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:49 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  noaa, States, weather, white christmas

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Map: The 130 cities where fast-food workers are striking Thursday

The movement to raise the minimum wage has been gaining momentum in states and cities.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, minimum wage

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

For exiting McDonnell, investigation ‘heartbreaking and humbling’

McDonnell’s final days in office have been overshadowed by an ongoing investigation.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, virginia

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Worst rollout of the year? Ohio candidate owes $1 million in back taxes

Being behind on your taxes is one thing. Being $1 million behind is something else.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, OHGOV, Ohio, States

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013

The state and local outlook for 2014 is the best it’s been in years, ratings agencies say

The revenue recovery will continue, and the worst seems to be behind for state and local governments.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Report criticizes lax disclosure rules for state judges

Conflicts of interest aren’t always obvious to the public, because financial disclosure reports aren’t always required.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Judiciary, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Here are some of the big names attending ALEC’s D.C. policy summit this week

Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan are scheduled to be there.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Legislation

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Texas wants background checks for health-care navigators

The state will require background checks, additional training and certification of financial responsibility.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, newsletter, obamacare, States, texas

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Quiz: Can you identify these 10 self-segregated American cities?

Look at where people live on a map, and social divisions are often starkly clear.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

The downside of clear election laws

The unintended consequences of too much specificity.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/03/2013

How D.C.’s proposed $11.50 minimum wage would stack up

It would be higher than that of any of the 50 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economics, minimum wage

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/03/2013

The 2012 election results, by media market

Obama won biggest along the U.S.-Mexico border. Romney did best in northern Texas.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  advertising, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, Obama, romney, States

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Judge declares Detroit eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy

A federal judge has ruled the city can consider pension cuts as it reorganizes.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bankruptcy, detroit, Michigan, States

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 12/03/2013

South Dakota Gov. Daugaard won’t rule out future Medicaid expansion

Gov. Dennis Daugaard may be hinting he’s open to expanding Medicaid in the future.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:50 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, medicaid, obamacare, South Dakota, States

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Illinois lawmakers to vote on public employee pension changes

The revisions would put Illinois on a 30-year glide path to erase strangling pension debts.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:27 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Illinois, pension reform, pensions, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013

What makes a maker or a taker state

Spoiler alert: It’s all about taxes.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economics, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013

In final year, Nebraska governor will push income tax cut

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nebraska, newsletter, States, taxes

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Casinos hold sway in 39 states, up from just two a few decades ago

What was the province of two states just decades ago is now available in nearly 40.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:33 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, gambling, georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, VERMONT, virginia

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Online gambling is good for New Jersey’s credit rating

Still, revenue estimates are well below what Gov. Christie predicted.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gambling, New Jersey

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/02/2013

What dialect do you speak? A map of American English

Do you pahk the cah? Do you eat olycooks? The words you use can identify where you came from.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:48 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, States, who we are

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Morning break: Watch Ron Burgundy co-host the local news over the weekend

It’s a Monday after a long weekend. This should help with things.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:10 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Wyoming governor says no to Medicaid expansion

Democrats counter that refusing the expansion means leaving hundreds of millions on the table.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:37 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACA, affordable care act, medicaid, medicaid expansion, obamacare, States, wyoming

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2013

After abortion vote, Albuquerque looks to change initiative process

Ballot initiatives are costing the city big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, initiatives, New Mexico, States

 

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